Indie Film Corner: ‘Searching for Sugarman’

“Searching for Sugarman” from The Indie Series presented by Emerging Pictures in HD at the USCB Center For the Arts on Tuesday Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.

Synopsis:  In the late ‘60s, two celebrated producers, who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, discovered a musician in a Detroit bar. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon.

Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. “Searching For Sugar Man” is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.

Ratings & Reviews:  Internet sites IMDb: 8.1 and Rotten Tomatoes: Critics/95 and Audience. Good marks. Critics: 4 STARS. “I hope you’re able to see this film. You deserve to,” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times; “A rock documentary that goes way behind the music to tell a story that seems pure urban legend,” Ty Burr, Boston Globe; “A fantastic music doc with a surprising twist,” Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic; and “Plays like a nail-biting mystery and a ticket to ride the whirlwind where art and commerce do battle,” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.

Rated: PG 13 (Parents cautioned). Some expletives.

Tickets for adults are $7, seniors $6, students $5. Call USCB Center for the Arts box office at 843-521-4145 or purchase day of performance. Box office opens one hour prior to show time.

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